A celebrated fashion photographer and contemporary artist will be making an appearance at King Street next week to showcase his latest collection.

Raphael Mazzucco will be flying over from the United States to visit Castle Fine Art, King Street on Thursday 20th July, between 6pm and 8pm. Visitors will be able to view his Exposure collection and discuss his inspirations and techniques, and the body of work will then be on display for a further week.

Many months in the making, Exposure is a series of printed paintings capturing the female form. It saw Mazzucco collaborate with Canadian artist, Oly Bernardi, to adopt an entirely new technique, transforming a container into a dark room to process each image.

Mazzucco is one of the world’s most influential and talented fashion photographers. After years spent honing his craft in Italy, France and Amsterdam, his arrival in New York City garnered attention from some of fashion’s elite and saw him work on photographic campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Guess Jeans, L’Oreal and Ralph Lauren.

His work has appeared in L’Official, French & Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Marie Claire, Playboy and Vanity Fair, featuring not only his editorial fashion photography but celebrity portraiture of notable actors including Benicio Del Toro, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon and Elizabeth Banks.

Deciding to swap the camera for canvas over seven years ago, Mazzucco’s arrival onto the art scene has been met with widespread critical acclaim, with Damien Hirst purchasing one of the artist’s collections for over $750,000.

Speaking of his new collection, Raphael Mazzucco said: “I was inspired to start work on Exposure when I saw a boat loaded with shipping crates and had a vision to acquire one with old-style photography in mind. I bought a 2000 square foot container and transformed it into a dark room for a process called ‘monoprints’ –  the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques. Seeing the print slowly emerge was incredibly nostalgic and rewarding.

“Manchester is a beautiful city bursting with culture and life, so it is the ideal location to showcase my work. I can’t wait to meet visitors to the gallery, and I hope they will enjoy the new collection.”

Nicholas Beese, gallery director at Castle Fine Art, King Street – Washington Green Fine Art’s nationwide network of high street galleries, said: “Mazzucco’s work is celebrated all around the world and, when you look at the level of detail and prowess that goes into each piece, it’s easy to see why.

“We can’t wait to welcome Raphael to our gallery. The passion he has for what he does is immense and I’m sure our guests will be very inspired as he talks them through his latest collection.”

Prices start at £695.00 for limited edition prints and £6,950.00 for original artworks. Visitors wishing to attend the event and meet the artist should contact the gallery team to be added to the guest list:

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